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‘COVID-somnia’ impacting sleep, says AASM

‘COVID-somnia’ impacting sleep, says AASM

ARLINGTON, Va. – More than half of Americans (56%) say they have experienced an increase in sleep disturbances since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according a survey commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 

 Of the reported sleep disturbances, or “COVID-somnia,” most common was trouble falling or staying asleep (57%). Others included sleeping less (46%), experiencing worse quality sleep (45%) and having more disturbing dreams (36%). 

“COVID-somnia can be brought on by multiple stressors: fears about the pandemic, concern for loved ones, financial worries, and limited socialization,” said Jennifer Martin, licensed clinical psychologist and president-elect of the AASM board of directors. “The best way to get healthy sleep during these unprecedented times is to be intentional about your sleep habits and routines.” 

Men (59%) were more likely than women (54%) to report COVID-somnia sleep disturbances. Those 35-44 had the highest rate of COVID-somnia at 70%. Those 55 and older were most likely to report trouble falling or staying asleep. 

 It makes sense that so many people are having sleep problems, since insomnia is often caused by stress or lifestyle factors, which have likely changed greatly during the pandemic, says AASM. Among its recommendations: maintain a consistent sleep schedule, turn off electronics, follow a relaxing evening routine, and create a peaceful sleeping environment.


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